First there was Sean Bell, and now this. Deputy D.A. Michelle Henisee is being accused by Jamiel Shaw Sr., the father of Jamiel Shaw II, 17, who was shot to death by suspected gang members on March 2 in Los Angeles, of offering a him a deal—pipe down on his calls to modify Special Order 40 with Jamiel’s Law or your son will be painted as a gang banger.
For the record, Jamiel was not a gang member when he was murdered, so for the Deputy D.A. to threaten to paint him as one just shows you how corrupt our justice system is, if you didn’t already know that is.
Also for the record, I am not in support of the calls to modify Special Order 40, a 29-year-old LAPD policy that bars officers from arresting or questioning people solely on suspicion of being in the country illegally. It is my opinion that you could deport all of the gang bangers today that are here “illegally” and there’d be a drive by tomorrow with someone Black behind the wheel. My point, this isn’t a Black vs. brown issue. Black people have been killing Black people in the name of red and blue for years, long before Jamiel’s life was tragically taken. No suckers live here. This is about the law-abiding citizens taking aim at all gang bangers, not just a select few.
However, I am extremely appalled that the Deputy D.A. would be as so brazen to tell a grieving father that either he back down from pushing Jamiel’s Law, a law that would permit Los Angeles police officers to arrest gang members for breaking U.S. immigration law, thus superseding Special Order 40, or risk having your murdered son’s name and reputation smeared.
Now that’s just bullshit.
I listened to Jamiel Shaw Sr. on KFI’s “John and Ken Show” (yeah, yeah, I know, but I like to know what the enemy is saying, lol) as he recanted the story of Deputy D.A. Michelle Henisee pushing him to maintain the status-quo in regards to Special Order 40 or Shaw would be portrayed as a member of the Bloods gang.
Shaw Sr. is pushing to have Henisee removed from the case, and I certainly hope he succeeds because that’s just bullshit.
Even though I don’t agree with the calls to modify Special Order 40, I do want to see justice served in this case. Jamiel died a senseless death and the person who murdered him should go to prison. I am clear on that.
It’s been hard enough to deal with the injustice served in the case of New York’s Sean Bell, let’s not go there with Jamiel’s trial. Deputy D.A. Henisee has got to go.
This Saturday, May 10th at 12 Noon, the Shaw family will be holding a special ceremony for Jamiel Jr. where he was shot dead at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 21st street in Arlington Heights.